As gas prices continue to rise, AAA says that’s mostly due to the price of crude oil. The cost of a barrel of crude oil is more than $100.
This comes as the European Union will impose new sanctions on Russian oil. The price of oil accounts for about 60% of the price you pay at the pump.
One man living in southwest Houston says he’s paying almost $40 more for gas every time he fills up.
“A week ago, I used to use maybe sixty dollars. Now I use more than one hundred. So it went up a little bit more,” said Cesar, a Houston resident.
The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $4.42. According to AAA, that’s 11 cents more compared to this day last week.
“It’s getting bad. It’s moving a little bit too much. We’re not winning that much money and the gas is going up… I drive a lot and I’m wasting more gas,” said Cesar.
The statewide gas price average in Texas is $4.10 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel. Let’s see where our area falls on the map. Here’s the average gas price by county…
- Fort Bend County: $4.05
- Montgomery County: $4.06
- Harris County: $4.07
- Galveston County: $4.08
- Waller County: $4.09
Most of these prices are just above four dollars. Harris County is peaking right in the middle at $4.07.
AAA’s tips to save money on fuel
- Slow down and drive the speed limit. Higher speeds result in more aerodynamic drag.
- Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
- Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel.
- Minimize your use of air conditioning.
- Avoid warming/cooling your car for long periods of time, even in colder temperatures. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
- Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level.
- When driving in town, adjust your speed to “time” the traffic lights. This reduces repeated braking and acceleration that consume additional fuel.
- When approaching a red light or stop sign, take your foot off the gas early and allow your car to coast down to a slower speed until it is time to brake.
To find the best gas prices in Houston, check out the “Gas Buddy” map with locations.